Alder Landscape Architecture has a strong reputation within the Bay Areas of San Francisco for delivering 1st class landscape designer & contractor services. We are an expert Landscape Architect company headed by Glenn Rogers, ASLA, and are members of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
|City||San Francisco, CA|
|Address||3425 Alemany Boulv|
|Phone Number||(415) 333-9317|
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Based in San Francisco Bay Area, Alder Landscape Architecture has been creating exciting landscape design since 1990. Mr. Rogers has been a partner and collaborated with some of the best residential designers in the Bay area. As an intern, he worked in Southern California and learned the design style that captured the attention of such famous clients as Mike Douglas, Cher, Don Rickles and Rona Barrett. Mr. Rogers was part of the design team that worked on the Clark Gable estate in Encino. Areas of special expertise include residential entrances, pool design and special driveway layout.
The difference between a landscape designer and a landscape architect is substantial. Anyone can be a landscape designer but to be a Landscape Architect you must graduate from an accredited university, be an intern for a minimum of 2 years under the training of a Landscape Architect, and pass a test that lasts 3 days/ 8 hours a day before you may call yourself a Landscape Architect. Landscape designers may have taken courses in design, but it surely is not the extensive training provided in a 4 year landscape architecture program.
Recently, low voltage landscape lighting has become even more efficient than before! Today, LED lights are available that use half the energy of halogen low voltage lights. LED lights are more expensive than halogen low voltage lights originally, however, over time they provide a cost savings after the second year. Low voltage landscape lights are often installed incorrectly by providing too many fixtures. Now, that cheap solar lights are available with very dim light production, the problem has become even worse.
The design and installation of either a Pond, Lake, or Fountain should be done by someone with adequate experience. Quality parts for the installation of these features can sometimes only be purchased by contractors with an appopriate license. I have repeatedly received calls from unhappy customers that have sought a solution to mend their leaking or incorrectly operating pond, lake, or fountain. Unforutanely, there are no easy fixes for a water feature that leaks, short of replacing it with a new one.
You may be asking yourself which solution is more "Green"? Today, the proper use of a roof on a high rise building, is a "Green Roof", and not the location for solar panels. This is because the best use of solar panels is where the windows are! Imagine a tall high rise building, with hundreds of windows, facing the West and South sun exposure, all generating electricity. Today, solar windows are 50% less efficient than regular solar panels, however, this inefficiency is remedied by the increased surface area.
If you have trouble visualizing designs or for merchandizing purposes a picture of the design would be helpful, we can provide a perspective of your project.
Water reuse will become more necessary in the future. Because of this, new legislation has been passed to allow gray water to water ornamental plants. The most simple system, attached to your washing machine, would allow water to be pumped to your plants through a shallow irrigation system. This type of system does not require a permit! A venturi valve, with three outlets, allows ordinary wash water to be discharged to your garden. If bleach has been used or any other noxious materials, a venturi valve can be adjusted to discharge the gray water to the sewer system as it normally does.
The 'heart and sole' of any Restoration project is California Native Plants. These plants provide a food source for numerous indigenous mammals, birds and insects, some exclusively. The Coast Live Oak, i.e., supports over 500 species with habitat, as well as a source of food. With increased development, California Native Plant Communities or truly wild habitats, have declined and their range greatly reduced. This is why indigenous plants are so important in Restoration projects. It is important to avoid cross fertilization of non-local plants with indigenous California Natives.